Tunis, Tunisia — World powers are convening in Tunisia, mapping out a plan for a political solution in Syria and a “tsunami wave” of pressure that would peel away internal support for the embattled regime.
The Friends of Syria group which includes the United States, Arab nations, Turkey is working on a plan to deliver immediate humanitarian aid to the Syrian opposition. The United Nations has stockpiled of aid such as food and medicine in Syria’s neighboring states that can be deliver immediately.
Thousands have died in Syria since Mid-March of 2011, when Bashar Al-Assad’s Alawite-minority led government launched a crackdown against a predominantly Sunni anti-government protest movement that quickly devolved into an opposition movement with a rebel army and armed militias. More than 9,000 people have been killed since the uprising began in mid-March.
Neither Russia nor China is participating in the Tunisia meeting.